“He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”  Editorial: The New York Sun, 1897

 “I think Santa won’t come this year because of the sickness,” was a young child’s fearful lament at the CCS Farmworker Center in Mount Vernon.  Reassurance by her godmother that “Yes, I think Santa will still come but maybe it will take a little longer because he has to follow the guidance to stay safe. I think you should write your Christmas letter early this year.”

With childlike hope, belief and diligence, the following heartfelt words to Santa poured onto the page:

The surprised and delighted godmother received the touching letter and reminisced about her own experience growing up and helping at a food bank with their family. “It feels so special to read her words about helping people who are homeless and her happiness in seeing their smiles.” Out of the mouths of babes, a much needed measure of “beauty and joy!”

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Thank God! He lives and he lives forever.”

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